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The Daddy Is A Real Hero!

The Intruder   We had a really, really scary night the other night. My husband is a hero and so are my boys. They are protectors. Especially Isaac and my oldest son, 16.  I know that we, the human race, have … Continue reading

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Homeschooling Teens Doesn’t Have To Be Hard. Read These 7 Tips

It seems man-boys need to conquer something. Isn’t that what has gotten our world into so many wars? Maybe conquering the useless is the answer! Continue reading

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Firewood, Lots and Lots of Firewood!

As you know, we have been clearing out our little building spot.  It is a ‘perch’ with great Southern & Eastern Exposure.  Just what we’ve been wanting for so long.  It’s hard work.  Cutting down trees, stumping them and burning … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean To Pledge Allegiance?

Last night, visiting after dinner, our family started discussing the Pledge of Allegiance.  Certain members of my family were saying that it seemed like serious brain washing to have kids stand and say it every morning.  That we shouldn’t pledge … Continue reading

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Find The Homeschool Lesson In This:

I was just remembering a day not too long ago my kids and I were at the Grocery Outlet, or, as my BFF calls it, the Used Food Store. I shop there because I’ve found I can get some good … Continue reading

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My Support Group

Wow! Here is a picture of our field trip to the big city! We all live in the woods. We all homeschool our kids. We are the best of friends and our kids are the best of friends. And we … Continue reading

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Keepin’ It Real!

I think it’s fun to post cute pictures of our cute life, where everything has a place and all things are in their places.  Neat and tidy we homeschool moms are.  Right?  Mandy days that’d be a lie over here.  … Continue reading

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Homeschooling Teens & Pursuing Passions

One great thing about Homeschooling through the middle school and high school years is that the kids are really able to pursue their passions.  It takes a while for them to explore different subjects and activities for them to find … Continue reading

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Keeping The Peace

With a first grader, sixth grader and ninth grader all in the same room doing school, the energy in the room can get . . . loud . . . frustrating . . . silly . . . ridiculous . … Continue reading

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Curriculum I have experience With

This is a random list of curriculum/resources I’ve used over the last 7 years homeschooling Shurley English levels 1-5 Story of the World books 1-4 Usborne Interlinked Encyclopedia Wordly Wise Teach your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons Hooked … Continue reading

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Why We Homeschool

When we first decided to homeschool, our oldest was just finishing up 2nd grade.  He was in a cute, country school and had a great teacher.  We were enjoying the experience, for the most part. Kyler was making good friends … Continue reading

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Hunters Moon Afternoon Hike

We did Science on the go the other day!  We spent a beautiful NW afternoon and evening hiking through the woods, making dinner on the fire, eating food we brought plus some chantrelles we picked along the way.  This is … Continue reading

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Do people REALLY still ask about socialization?

When they do, here is my response: First, socialization starts in the family setting.  Aren’t we trying to raise young men and women who work well as a FAMILY.  Second, true socialization continues in the community.  True social growth happens … Continue reading

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Harvesting Good Life Food

One cool thing about Homeschooling and living here is that part of the kids’ school includes the science of gardening!  Soil building, sowing, cultivating, harvesting etc.  Kyler absolutely loves gardening – and he’s really good at it.  He started all … Continue reading

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How much is nourishing & How much is too much?

How much of what we do is done just because it’s ‘what you do’?  There is so much in life to do, a never ending amount of awesome experiences.  There’s Scouts, Little League, Pee Wees, Dance, Gymnastics, Youth Group, Missionettes, … Continue reading

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Morning Walks

So, I have been reading and reading and really feel that the ideas behind Enki are speaking strongly to my family.  Especially my husband who has been trying to encourage me to be rhythmic for a long time now and … Continue reading

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A cute lil kitchen

 I made this little kitchen for my daughter’s birthday.  I found a little dresser at a used store.  They also had a brass sink, the lady was so excited about my project that she GAVE me the sink when I … Continue reading

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Tea Party ~ with real tea, no politics allowed!

My daughter loves a tea party.  To dress up in something with lace, put a floral tablecloth on the grass, bring out the china, bake some cookies and drink tea! That is a perfect day for her.  I try to … Continue reading

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Sweetness

There is just something so sweet about watching Maya-miss with her daddy.  She LOVES him and he can’t seem to get enough of her.  Sweetness in our Good Life.  Here, they are watching the boys build a tree fort.  It … Continue reading

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A Good Life Day!

Weighing in at 129.8 today but only after a long mountain climb.  Not bad, love to see that number under 130.  Ate really well the last few days, mainly just garden food, but did have a big hamburger last night.  … Continue reading

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Chores and Work Ethic

Let me preface this with: We really want to raise kids equipped for The Good Life. Whatever that may be, for them. We know, though, that being a happy worker is a good thing. So is a worker who has … Continue reading

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Gadgets and The Good Life With Kids

I think it’s hard to know when to say when with certain things. My kids’ cousins have Wii’s, Kindles, I pods and pads and phones. Inevitably, after a family gathering, the boys come home with a bad case of the … Continue reading

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Sunday Family Day

Today was a Fun Family Day. We went south, to our Capital city, where we found a mast for out sailboat. Last fall we brought home a 22 ft Catalina sailboat that my uncle gave me. It was a mildewy, … Continue reading

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I Made A Felt Playhouse!

My felt playhouse! Imaginary play for Good Life Kids!

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Terrarium Fun!

We had a great time making terrariums together. We found some of the glass at the Goodwill for $2.99 each and the vases we found in all of junk. I have lots of cupboards to declutter! These we made for … Continue reading

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Family Hikes and The Good Life

We think weekly (or almost weekly) hikes are part of our Good Life. Here are some pictures of some of those. My sweet nephew was with us on this one.

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The Good Life With Kids

We are inspired by Scott & Helen Nearing’s book, The Good Life, written in the 50′s, I think. My husband and I both loved the book right from the start. We first read the book about 2 years ago and … Continue reading

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Our Homeschooling Journey

We believe homeschooling is part of our Good Life.  This is our fifth year homeschooling our 3 kids.  My oldest is in 7th-ish grade and we started homeschooling him in 3rd grade (besides a half of a year of kindergarten), … Continue reading

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